Brown is drawing up plans to expand the number of permanent members in a move that will provoke fears that the veto enjoyed by
Brown has mooted the modernisation of international institutions for the 21st century, particularly the UN, created in 1945, to reflect the “world's new challenges and power bases” during his four-day trip to
The Prime Minister believes the UN is punching below its weight. In 2003, it failed to agree on a fresh resolution giving explicit approval for military action in
UN reform is highly sensitive issue, especially in the US, so Brown and co are yet to publish official proposals fearing widespread opposition. Thus Brown is trying to build a consensus for change first.
His aides are adamant that the British veto will not be negotiated away. One option is for the nations who join not to have a veto, at least initially. In a speech in Delhi, Brown said : "I support
He has also disclosed a plan for the UN to spend £100m a year on setting up a "rapid reaction force" to stop "failed states" sliding back into chaos after a peace deal has been reached. £100 million? Peanuts! The
But Brown wants the World Bank to lead to lead the struggle against climate change, though as The Independent reported, the World Ban is the last organisation to be trusted with the environment and climatic change:
“The World Bank has emerged as one of the key backers behind an explosion of cattle ranching in the Amazon, which new research has identified as the greatest threat to the survival of the rainforests….the catastrophic destruction of the Amazon to make way for ranches is being funded by the same international institutions that have pledged to fight deforestation.”
“The World Bank, which unveiled a new programme to fund "avoided deforestation" at the UN climate summit in
As part of his fantastic package to help the poor in less developed countries, Brown is to bring back honorary knighthoods and other awards for cricketers from Commonwealth countries. He said: "Cricket is one of the great things that bind the Commonwealth together. It used to be that great cricketers from the Commonwealth would be recognised by the British nation I would like to see some of the great players in the modern era honoured."
Make no mistake about it; Brown's trip to
”Brown is visiting India after two days in China, where he and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao announced plans to increase trade between their countries by 50 percent over the next several years to US$60 billion (€41 billion)…. Brown was expected to sign off on business deals worth US$6.5 billion (€4.4 billion) while in
And in that same paper, Hamish McRae tells us why
“Within the next decade, it looks very much as though
“It is important because power is shifting from both